|Groundbreaking Study: "Beyond Culture Camp" |
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute released a major study on identity formation for adopted persons and can help understanding on a range of issues relating to adoption, particularly across racial lines.
Key findings include:
� Adoption becomes an increasingly significant aspect of identity for most adopted people - and race/ethnicity grows in importance for adoptees of color - throughout childhood and into adulthood.
� Adoption-related teasing and bias are a reality for many adoptees, but more so for non-Whites - who experienced the most negative behavior and comments from extended family and childhood friends. Race trumped adoption for adopted persons of color; i.e., a large majority experienced race-based discrimination rather than (or in addition to) adoption-related negativity.
� A significant majority of transracially adopted adults reported considering themselves to be or wanting to be White as children - a stark message to parents and professionals.
� The most effective strategies for achieving positive identity formation are "lived experiences" - in particular, travel to native country and attending racially diverse schools for the transracial adoptees. Click to read a complete summary. (Study: Beyond Culture Camp)
|Adoption Story : Q & A with Jeff Gammage on "CHINA GHOSTS"|
This month we are featuring a story of adoption by Jeff Gammage, the dad of one of our travelling families. His book, "China Ghosts" has been a adoption best seller on Amazon and is compelling with its combination of heartfelt passionate love and his keen observation skills as a reporter. Follow along in this interview and learn more.
Q: Why the title 'China Ghosts'?
A: "Most of the abandoned children in China are second daughters; which means that my Jin Yu probably has an older, biological sister living in China. If the desires of her birthparents came to pass, then she has a younger brother there as well. Sometimes I feel that Jin Yu's Chinese parents are almost standing beside me, watching her grow, checking on whether or not I'm doing a good job raising her. I think about her Chinese aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, and about the children still living in the orphanage. This is the ghost family I have brought home from China."
|Celebration Ideas for National Adoption Month |
This month is the celebration of Adoption during November. It originally began in 1976 as Adoption Week. Officially, National Adoption Day is the Saturday before Thanksgiving; which makes Saturday, November 14th the official date. For your family's consideration, we offer ten celebration suggestions to consider.